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    Winwin2011 is offline Senior Member
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    Default ... is/was my fault

    The train starts at 10am. I arrived at the train station at 10.05. Then the train has gone. Which of the following sentence is natural if I say sorry to my friend?

    1. It is my fault we missed the train.
    2. It was my fault we missed the train

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    Last edited by Winwin2011; 21-Feb-2013 at 19:06.

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    Default Re: ... is/was my fault

    The first, at that moment. Later on, telling the tale, you would probably use the past tense.

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    Default Re: ... is/was my fault

    Hi winwin2011,

    Let's say you were telling the story to your friend at 2pm that afternoon, you would say something like this:

    "The train left at 10:05. I got there too late and it was gone before I arrived. It WAS my fault."

    Let's say you didn't wait until 2 pm to tell your friend the story, and you called him right away at 10:05, you would say something like this:

    "The train already left. It is my fault. I am sorry."

    BUT, that's not to say you can't use the 'It is my fault' at 2pm.

    Let's say you are confessing to your friend at 2pm.

    "If I didn't stop by the coffee shop, I would have made the train. If I didn't forget my keys, I would have made the train. And now because I missed the train, you couldn't pick up your daughter from school. I am sorry. It IS all my fault."

    You can use both and how you use it is up to you.

    Hope that's clear.
    Calvin
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Feb-2013 at 22:35. Reason: Changing :) to a full stop.

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